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To pay for his newly renovated theatre, John Kemble attempts to stage an Italian Opera in the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, while the audience demands the restoration of the Old Prices and the old familiar shows.

Première: Royal Opera House main stage July 22nd 2012

Artistic Director: Gareth Malone

Composer: Julian Grant

Librettist: Stephen Plaice

Director: Tom Guthrie

Choreography: Sarah Dowling

Lighting: Lucy Carter

Design: Rhys Jarman *

Costume: Lesley Ford *

Vocal Director: Lea Cornthwaite

* with design students from Thurrock and South Essex

Gweneth-Ann Jeffers - Catalani / La Zaffetta
Heather Shipp - Henry Clifford / Ernesto
Andrew Rees - Mr Kemble /Alfredo
Richard Burkhard - Ernesto
Gareth Malone - Chorus Master

With: Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company and Guests Artist Dancers from the Royal Ballet
Students of National Dance Centres for Advanced Training,The Lowry, The Place and Dance East
The Hallé Youth Orchestra, with members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

'The great achievement of all this enthusiastic and country-wide cross-collaboration was that it somehow all came together into a coherent dramatic and musical whole, with highly professional and committed performances from everyone concerned. Not for one moment did it smack of tokenism.'
Henrietta Bredin Opera

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